ERIC Number: ED401625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Improvement Strategies at Six Culturally Different Schools. Final Report FY91-FY95, Leadership for Change Project.
Fuentes, Nancy; And Others
School leaders have begun to understand that "change is a process." Leaders must facilitate change, not merely disseminate or direct it. This publication presents findings of the Leadership for Change Project (LFC). The LFC studied six sites at different stages of the school-improvement process, including two "developmental" sites in Arkansas and Texas that had just launched major improvement efforts, and four "historical" schools (one in Louisiana, one in New Mexico, and two in Oklahoma) that had a history of school-improvement. Data, collected during 1992-95, were obtained through face-to-face interviews, observations, telephone interviews, document analysis, and questionnaires. The following factors were identified as facilitators of or impediments to change: organizational rigidity, time shortage, administrative support, administrative communication, support network, and state-level support. In addition, school improvement is a progression of stages: getting started, maintaining momentum, and fostering a climate conducive to change. Two tables and one figure are included. Appendices contain a list of site characteristics, methodological information, a list of LFC publications, and a glossary. (Contains references throughout the text.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
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